Ronald Brian Raskin

July 4, 1953 - July 14, 2008

07/04/1953 - 07/14/2008

Past Services

Thursday July 17, 2008
4:00 pm
Forest Lawn Cemetery
8100 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23505
757-441-1753 | Directions

Ronald Brian Raskin, 55, gently passed from this life while surrounded by his loving sisters, Susan and Daryl, and his beloved former wife and best friend, Lynnie.
Ron was born July 4, 1953. He was the dearly loved only son of Beverly and Paul Raskin, and lovingly spoiled baby brother to Sharon, Susan, Daryl and Patricia.
Ron’s birth completed the Raskin family. After his birth, his father Paul would say “I have four lovely daughters and a blessing.”
Ron started playing music at four years of age, when his fingers were barely large enough to reach the frets on his guitar. Music was always the driving force of his life. He was a singer-songwriter who always performed his own compositions and played with various bands and especially loved his time with the Clone Rangers of Laguna Beach. In addition, he played with the Spike Jonez Band, was educated as a sound engineer, and performed his music and sang at a variety of venues throughout the world. He leaves behind a tremendous body of beautiful songs and compositions and, as well, pieces for movies and television.
Ron was a spiritual man with a gentle soul. He had a gift for friendship. He loved his family. He was always able to give comfort and understanding to others even while he himself battled seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
Ron was pre-deceased by his father, Paul Raskin, and his brother-in-law, Lawrence Dittelman. He’s survived by his mother, Beverly Turock Raskin, whom he cherished and adored; his two personal angels, sisters Susan Borte and Daryl Raskin; his sisters Sharon Dittelman and Tricia Nelson; his brother-in-laws Donald Borte and Charlie Riegle. He was exceptionally close to nephews Matt Salzberg and Zander Riegle and to his niece Emma Riegle. He dearly loved his nephews Derrick and Jason Borte and niece Nikki and her husband, Mike Coulter. He is also survived by nieces and nephews Andrea, Robin, Kenny, Emily and Greg.
Ron’s also survived by former wife, Dr. Lynn Pearl of NYC; and by his spiritual mentor and dear friend Dr. Moni and his wife, Wilhelmina. In addition, he is survived by Peggy Ross, “mother” to his adored poodle, Chloe; and many devoted and loving friends.
He will be remembered for his great heart, his exquisite talent and his unsurpassed wit and humor. He’ll also be remembered for his deep love for his dogs Sammy, Su-Su, Lily, Stella and Chloe. Through his music and our memories he will live forever.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 17, at 4:00 p.m. in Forest Lawn Cemetery with Rabbi Lawrence A. Forman and Cantor Jennifer Bern-Vogel officiating. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

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Dave Christofferson
8 years ago

I only knew Rondo for the last 9 years and I will fondly remember his friendship and acceptance and his love of a good cigar once in awhile. My condolences to the entire family, especially today for you, Lynnie… XOXOXOXO Dave “C” and Ava

Jason Grimes
8 years ago

My condolences and support to the entire family.

Norman Soroko
8 years ago

My deepest sympathy to the entire Raskin family. Your dad of blessed memory, went back many years with my parents of blessed memory. Just know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you, especially, Beverly.

Ralph Smallberg & Nomi Rosen
8 years ago

My wife and I were Ron’s neighbors when he lived on Riverside Drive in NYC with Lynn. We’ve been living for the last 19 years in the apartment they once lived in and that he passed on to us when they moved downstairs.

Our daughter was so proud to be entrusted to walk Lily and SuSu when she was young.

A truly gentle soul and a free spirit. His easy presence, his natural spirituality and irrepressible humor, his warmth, and his generosity made even chance encounters with him memorable.

We will never forget his smile and how good it always felt to be around him.

Our deepest condolences to his family.

Nomi and Ralph

Franny and JoAnne
8 years ago

Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with all of you. Ronald was truly blessed to have such a wonderfully loving family and especially, the selfless devotion of Daryl, Susan, and Tante Beverly throughout the last months of his life. We hope that this realization brings you some comfort during this very sad and difficult time. With love–

walter Martin
8 years ago

Ronnie and I were really good friends in high school.We really hadn’t seen each other for 25 years though so when I recieved the melancholy news of his passing My thoughts went back to that time. He was the funniest person I had ever known. He was quick and bright and uninhibited. I loved being around him and always thought him very special.I am sorry I never got a chance to see him before he passed. I realized for the first when I saw his birthdate that we were born only one day apart, probably in the same hospital . I think when we first met we felt a special kinship. That is something that will survive and that I will always carry with me.

Good bye old friend. I’ll be thinking of you.

Charles & Marie McDowell
8 years ago

Susan, Donald and the Entire Raskin Family: We were so sorry to read of Ronald’s death. We share in the pain of your loss and pray God’s blessings upon each of you. We read of your father’s passing in December 2007, and we’ve kept you in our prayers everyday since that time.

If we can be of assistance in any way, please let us know. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The McDowell Family

John Audette
8 years ago

There was never a time when you and I have not known each other, nor a time when we will not be together.